Dec. 22, 2020

Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher Positions
Atsushi Takata Lab. for Molecular Pathology of Psychiatric Disorders(W20177)


Laboratory for Molecular Pathology of Psychiatric Disorders, Center for Brain Science (Laboratory head:Atsushi Takata)

Research Area

Computational Science, Biology, Medical Science, Interdisciplinary


Psychiatric disorder,Genomics,Epigenetics,Statistical genetics,Animal model,Primate,Single-cell,Machine learning

Research field

Our laboratory has just been launched in July 2020. Our goal is to elucidate the biological basis of neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, and autism spectrum disorders, and to develop new diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive procedures. Our research topics include (but are not limited to) statistical analysis of large-scale genetic data, multi-omics analysis of the human postmortem brain, and analysis of animal models carrying a robust causative mutation discovered through human genetics studies. Key resources for these analyses, such as a high-performance computing system, a large collection of patient-derived materials, and a laboratory animal facility are available in our laboratory and/or our institute.

Job title and description

Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Researcher, a few position(s)

Research Scientist

Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes. Basically defined as those with a doctoral degree more than 5 years.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Carries out research and other work in accordance with team research themes under the direction of supervisors. Basically defined as those with a doctoral degree of 5 years or less.

Job description

The successful candidate will work on researches directly or indirectly contribute to reaching our final goal: the elucidation of the molecular pathology of psychiatric disorders and the development of new diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive procedures. We also have the utmost respect for the researcher's own interest and motivation, and consider scientific excellence as the key performance indicator.


We seek a highly motivated researcher with an interest in statistical genetics, bioinformatics, and/or molecular biology of neuropsychiatric disorders. Applicants should possess a PhD in a related field. Candidates with a strong publication record and direct experience in statistical analysis of large-scale genetic data, next-gen sequencing experiments and data analysis (e.g. DNA-, RNA-, ChIP-, and ATAC-sequencing including single-cell or spatially resolved analysis), integrative analysis of animal models of neuropsychiatric disorders, and/or software programming (e.g. bioinformatics and machine learning packages in Python and/or R) will be most competitive.

Work location

Branch and address
RIKEN Wako (2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198)

Salary and benefits

  1. A one-year fixed-termemployment contract, renewable based on evaluation. The employment duration will not exceed the end of fiscal year (March 31) in which the employee completes 7 years of employment.  (Maximum employment duration for a Postdoctoral Researcher is 5 years)
  2. RIKEN may adjust the above maximum period of renewability based on a) the employee’s abilities, work load at the time of contract completion, performance and work attitude and b) the continuation of the employee’s center, laboratory or project and RIKEN’s management situation and budget at the time. In principle, employment contracts will not be renewed for individuals older than 65 years.
  3. The employee’s period of fixed-term employment cannot exceed 10 years from the initial date of hire (or 10 years from April 1, 2013 for fixed-term employees already at RIKEN prior to this date).

In principle, the first two months of employment is considered a trial period.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Commuting and housing allowances will be provided. Social insurance will be applied. Mandatory membership in the RIKEN Mutual Benefit Society (RIKEN Kyosaikai).

This position falls under the specialized duties discretionary work system; one working day will be calculated as 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Days off include public holidays, New Year's holidays (Dec. 29 - Jan 3), and RIKEN Foundation Day.
No smoking on site (designated smoking areas available)
These and other provisions are in accordance with RIKEN regulations.
RIKEN is promoting a Gender Equity Program by taking various measures to create a workplace where both men and women are able to give full rein to their talents and abilities. When applicants are judged to be equally qualified on the basis of fair and impartial criteria, women applicants will be given preference.

Also, eligible for an exemption from repayment for category 1 scholarship loans provided by the Japan Student Services Organization before fiscal year 2003, and eligible applying for the MEXT Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Kakenhi).

Application and required documents

Required documents

  1. Complete CV (with photo and email address) WORD(56KB) or EXCEL(159KB)
    (RIKEN CV)*Write the RIKEN job ad number “W20177”, indicated in the parentheses next to the job title, in the RIKEN job ad number section in the upper right corner of your CV.
  2. List of research achievement and publications
  3. External funding awarded
  4. Summary of research experience to date
  5. Reason for applying for the post (personal strengths motivation, future research plans, career aspirations, etc. )
  6. 1-3 letters of recommendation (including one from the current supervisor, If available)
  7. Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR
    If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you are required to submit the document, “Consent form for handling personal information based on GDPR” with your signature.

    *You will find detailed information about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the following website:

How to apply

Send the PDF formatted application by email to atsushi.takata[at]
(Recommendation letters must be emailed directly from the reference to atsushi.takata[at]
Note: Application documents will not be returned.


Until the position is filled

Handling personal data
Submitted documents are strictly protected under the RIKEN Privacy Policy and will be used only for the purpose of applicant screening. Personal information will not be disclosed, transferred or loaned to a third party under any circumstances without just cause.

Selection process

Application screening and interview (and oral presentation) by selected applicants

Start of employment


Contact information/Send application to

RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Laboratory for Molecular Pathology of Psychiatric Disorders
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
E-mail: atsushi.takata[at]
For inquiries, please send an email.